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Long queues at Dover as ferry services to Calais and Dunkirk disrupted by weather and ship shortages

Ferry passengers heading to France face disruption today after cross-Channel services from Dover to Calais and Dunkirk were hit by weather conditions yesterday and overnight.

Queues have been reported due to a shortage of ferries, with capacity already reduced after P&O services were suspended.

A statement from DFDS Ferries said: “Customers are advised to travel to the port of Dover and check in as normal, they will then be shipped on the next available sailing.

“Members of DFDS’ customer support team are walking car lanes at the port to keep customers informed and assist them.”

It added: “One of the causes of the delays is that one of DFDS’ ships, Dover Seaways, is currently out of service after it made contact with the berth in Dunkirk on Thursday evening due to high winds.

“The ship is currently being repaired and is expected to return to service on Monday or Tuesday next week.

“Dunkirk Seaways, which is another ship on the route that is currently at refit, will be back on the route in Dover on Monday. So the company expects to have its full fleet available from early next week.”

A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said: “We are aware of queues at Dover, and the Kent Resilience Forum and local partners are working to minimise any disruption by deploying temporary traffic management measures as standard.

“This has been caused by a number of factors, including severe weather in the Channel.”

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